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His new talk of changing the rules in the US senate -- it would Democrats trying to get around Republican opposition.
The chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel tells us it just as easily could be the other way around.
Majority leader Harry Reid is threatening to use this so called nuclear option disregarding the required two thirds.
And instead changes senate rule with a simple majority.
Then presidential nominations would no longer be subject to a filibuster and not require sixty votes.
The senate needs to change from place of constant constant gridlock.
First step this stop blocking the president's.
Back in 2005.
The -- on the other foot when Democrats were in the minority this nuclear option is ultimately an example.
The arrogance of power.
It is a fundamental power grab.
By majority party today the Republican leaders suggested changing the rules now would be very shortsighted senate Democrats.
Are getting ready to do permanent damage to this body.
To confirm the -- Unconstitutionally.
By a simple majority vote.
Those nominees are for the National Labor Relations Board or NLRB which enforces workers' rights to organize.
Three of its five positions are occupied in the chairman's term expires next month.
The federal judge ruled that -- Obama's naming of three board members during the disputed congressional recess was unconstitutional.
Organized labor has been pushing agreed to change the rules to break the impasse he's also face pressure from some of his rank and file such as New Mexico's Tom Udall.
Now what has happened so we is we find ourselves in the situation up but tyranny of them -- -- The left complains the GOP has used the senate rules to keep people from assuming posts and agencies they don't like such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Republicans say going nuclear would be an overreaction.
The senate is an institution that's designed to be deliberative and in and work in a slow way and allow minority rights to be represented.
And what they're essentially doing -- you know vowing to some of the demands from outside groups and some of the of the liberal left wing parts of their party.
Two you know change rules by breaking the rules.
While some senior Democrats have said they're uncomfortable with this move with 54 on the caucus -- can lose a few and still -- nuclear threat.
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